“Thongs are an institution. Get a grip. Muppets.” That’s how former England cricket star Kevin Pietersen dealt with Qantas on Twitter after the airline banned him from its first-class lounge for wearing the wrong footwear – thongs.
Thongs, known as flip-flops in Britain and jandals in New Zealand, are a no-no in top Qantas lounges.
The thong thing happened while the cricketer was in transit from South Africa to Melbourne on Sunday.
The miffed cricketer took to Twitter, saying: “I suggest you tell Platinum, First Class fliers that they not allowed in your lounges with flip flops before they fly, @Qantas! Muppets!”
“Thongs are an institution in this great country! GET A GRIP! Tired, jet lagged & just wanted to chill! #Muppets.”
Pietersen, 35, was dropped from the England squad in 2014 following the team’s Ashes defeat in Australia, the Daily Mail online recalled.
Pietersen seemed happy to be heading to Melbourne to play in Australia’s Big Bash T20 league, tweeting: “Anyway, it’s soooooo cool being back in Aus!”
Another passenger tweeted back at Pietersen: “Why would you travel in flip flops if you are a ‘platinum First class’ anyways? @Qantas’.”
A good point.
A Qantas spokesman said smart casual dress standards apply in lounges, similar to those applying in most clubs and restaurants.
Passengers wishing to wear thongs, or singlets for that matter, may need to find some other venue to display them.
Written by Peter Needham